Are Digital Recipes Replacing Print Cookbooks

During the 90s, I used to flip through cookbooks to figure out what I was going to make. Sometimes, I’d cut the suggested recipes off of food packages. I didn’t have a great filing system. So, they were scattered throughout the spice rack and cookbooks.

In the early 2000s, I started searching the web for recipes, but this wasn’t convenient. Once I found what I was looking for, I would write it out or print it. The computer was to bulky to keep near the kitchen. In 2016, I bought my first smart phone. Things started to change.

Now, I basically have a mini tablet in my hands. It’s easy to find recipes. Food bloggers, name brand companies and cooking networks post free recipes on the web. If your missing ingredients or have dietary restrictions, you can adjust your search terms. Searching for a recipes in a print cookbook takes more time.

There are two ways to do it. You can check out th table of contents for the specific section your looking for or go to the index. The index is more specific. Regardless, custom searching online will yeild more results than a print cookbook. So, why are people still buying cookbooks?

For starters, food can tell a story. As a result, celebrity chefs, food bloggers, and others are publishing hybrid cookbooks. There sharing personal stories between the recipes. In my opinion, these new age cookbooks are like autobiographies. In addition, it is possible to become a self taught chef or baker. Like any profession, that requires research and application.

Those determined to become experts in a specific food genre, must understand the basics and variants. In my opinion, books are better suited for this purpose.  The web is a helpful place but search engine optimization and marketing dictate what the user is able to find. 

Overall, I don’t think digital recipes will fully replace cookbooks. Still, print cookbooks require preparation. People can be more flexible and spontaneous with web searches. Both option have their appeal. I just favor web searches more.

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